11 March 2014
I could list my favourite cars from this year's Geneva motor show. I could also list my least favourite cars. I went there, after all - I saw most of them - so I would be in a position to do that. But that would be boring. Instead, I've got a list of some vitally important take-away points from the show. Like, for instance, did you know that men with swords were patrolling the venue?
10 March 2014
As the Geneva motor show kicked off, SsangYong announced that they were going to have a rebrand. The much derided name will soon be gone, but will that be enough to turn around the struggling South Korean firm's fortunes? Pete McAllister looks at the difficulties facing the brand. -Ed.
SsangYong is a South Korean car manufacturer that has never really managed to take off in the UK. Despite being pitted as a potential mainstream brand SsangYong has seriously failed to gain any traction in our crowded car market. In fact the company has had to be bailed out 5 times in its history and changes ownership frequently. Some thought they could mimic the success that other Korean companies like Kia have had; but this has never materialised.
If you're interested in VW's current range of commercial vehicles (I personally rather like the Amarok...) then today's article, from the JCB Group, should be right up your street (or dirt track, or wherever). -Ed
When it comes to choosing a new commercial vehicle, Volkswagen is one of the leading manufacturers to consider. Known for their reliability, style and practicality, VW vans are ideal for any type of business and there’s even a great family friendly model you can opt for. Whatever your needs, you’ll find VW commercial vehicles can fit them perfectly.
7 March 2014
Next week I'll have a couple of articles up about my trip to Geneva, but, to tide you over (because I know you just can't wait for that... right?), here are a couple of photos of my favourite cars from the motor show. Obviously the Lamborghini Huracan is right up there, and so is the McLaren 650S (both of which, incidentally, are much better looking in the metal than in photos), but I also really liked Mazda's Hazumi concept, and the Renault Twingo. More soon...
I'm back from Geneva, and though you generally think of motor shows as being very static events, it turns out you can sometimes drive cars at them. I was lucky enough to get behind the wheel of a BMW i3 at the show this year. Only brief, of course, and it was just around a small indoor circuit, but it did give me a flavour of the car. In short, it was surprisingly fun, but not really very different from what you know.
Oh, what a terrible, terrible shame. I was just at the Geneva motor show, and I missed this stand from Nimrod. Actually, I lie. I'm quite glad I missed Nimrod's stand. I don't know in whose book a Ferrari 458 isn't good-looking enough - nor an Aventador, for that matter - but can anyone, truly, think that these 'creations' look better than the original cars? No. No they can't.
Yes, I have just been to the Geneva motor show, but before I get on to that, we've got a brief article on the last SEMA show, in Las Vegas, written by Ron Trent. One of the more distinctive shows, it doesn't have much in common with Geneva, except that there are rather a lot of cars there, too... -Ed
5 March 2014
I think this new Jeep has got to be one of the more divisive cars at the Geneva show. Some people love it, some seem to hate it with a vengeance. Personally, I'm inclined to think I like it. Perhaps it takes a little while to grow on you, but I like its rugged little charm. It looks like it's trying to be a tough, grown-up Jeep Wrangler, but hasn't quite got there yet.
4 March 2014
There's a new Audi TT! Yes, really. On first glance it may look rather similar indeed to the outgoing second-gen one, but this is an entirely new car, built on the latest MQB platform. It's just that Audi's designers have taken a 'less is more' approach to redesigning it. But then, when the TT is so-well known, why mess with a winning formula, I suppose?
There's a surprising number of surprises at the Geneva motor show this year. One of which is this picture of the next Jaguar. They've also revealed the name: XE. A rival to the BMW 3 Series, if this single image they revealed is representative of the whole, it looks to be a stunner. It has a properly mean and sporty look to it.
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